Ok, so some have called this a dorky picture. I find it quite satisfying. No…I’m not a bike cop in my spare time. This was right after I’d finished riding my bike approx. 180 miles from Houston to Austin last April. I was only a little tired. This is on my mind today because 1) I overslept and missed my spinning class and 2) I will be doing this again in about 2 1/2 months. Yikes. MS 150 Rider No. 7220 finished in a non-record breaking time of…way after everyone else. (But still before some people!) The red bandana I’m holding is to represent those we were riding for – individuals affected by multiple sclerosis.
A little background:
Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S., and 2.5 million worldwide.
Wow. And here I am complaining about cleaning the house. Those affected by MS have really touched my heart in this past year. And even though I am nowhere near as in shape as I was last year for this, I am determined to ride again no matter what. Up until April 12-13, I will be training (cross your fingers) and participating in several practice rides around the Houston area. Anywhere from 20 miles to 70ish miles. Each rider is required to raise money to support the cause. My goal this year is $1,000+!!! I am anxious to see how God blesses this ride in April. See my link “Riding for a Cure” for more info…
Now on to less important things…I’m on my way to get a haircut this morning (remember, it IS my Friday off – wahoo!) I wonder if I should go for the old school Farrah Faucet look, the more modern Jennifer Aniston, or even more recently, Posh Spice. I resemble all in looks and figure anyway so this will be tough.